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1984 European Football Championship - Irish Qualifying Campaign

The 1984 European Football Championship qualifying group for the Republic of Ireland soccer team included Spain, the Netherlands, Iceland and Malta. Eoin Hand was the Irish manager at the time.

For Ireland the Group 7 began with a 2-1 away loss to the Dutch in September 1982. This was followed by a home 2-0 win over Iceland in the October and a 3-3 home draw with Spain in November.

Despite away wins against Malta and Iceland the Irish suffered defeats away to Spain and at home to the Netherlands during 1983.

This finished any chance of qualifying for the 1984 European Championship Finals in France. Ireland did finish off Group 7 with an 8-0 victory over Malta at Lansdowne Road (now Aviva Stadium). It remains the largest ever winning margin achieved, and the most goals scored, by the Republic of Ireland. Interestingly Ireland's heaviest defeat also came during the Eoin Hand era. A 7-0 defeat by the mighty Brazilians was inflicted on the Irish in Uberlandia in May 1982.

The winners of Group 7 of the 1984 European Championship qualifiers were Spain who went on to make it all the way to the final only to lose 2-0 to the hosts France.

1984 European Football Championship Qualifying Campaign - Group Table

1984 European Football Championship - Qualifying Group 7
Nation
Played
Won
Drew
Lost
Goals F
Goals A
Points
Spain
8
6
1
1
24
8
13
Netherlands
8
6
1
1
22
6
13
Ireland
8
4
1
3
20
10
9
Iceland
8
1
1
6
3
13
3
Malta
8
1
0
7
5
37
2

Republic of Ireland 1984 European Championship Qualifiers - Match Results

05/06/1982: Ta'Qali: Malta 2-1 Iceland

01/09/1982: Reykjavik: Iceland 1-1 Netherlands

22/09/1982: Rotterdam, Netherlands 2-1 Ireland
Schoenaker 1, Gullit 64 / Gerry Daly 79

13/10/1982: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 2-0 Iceland
Frank Stapleton 36, Tony Grealish 75

27/10/1982: Malaga: Spain 1-0 Iceland

17/11/1982: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 3-3 Spain
Ashley Grimes 2, Frank Stapleton 64, 76 / Maceda 31,
Mick Martin 47 og, Munoz 60

19/12/1982: Ta'Qali: Malta 0-6 Netherlands

16/02/1983: Seville: Spain 1-0 Netherlands

30/03/1983: Ta'Qali: Malta 0-1 Ireland
Frank Stapleton 89

27/04/1983: Zaragossa: Spain 2-0 Ireland

Santillana 49, Rincon 89

15/05/1983: Ta'Qali: Malta 2-3 Spain

29/05/1983: Reykjavik: Iceland 0-1 Spain

05/06/1983: Reykjavik: Iceland 1-0 Malta

07/09/1983: Groningen: Netherlands 3-0 Iceland

21/09/1983: Reykjavik: Iceland 0-3 Ireland
Gary Waddock 16, Mick Robinson 21, Mick Walsh 81

12/10/1983: Dalymount Park, Dublin: Ireland 2-3 Netherlands

Gary Waddock 7, Liam Brady 35 Pen / Gullit 51, 75, van Basten 65

16/11/1983: Rotterdam: Netherlands 2-1 Spain

16/11/1983: Dalymount Park, Dublin: Ireland 8-0 Malta
Mark Lawrenson 25, 63, Frank Stapleton 28 Pen, Kevin O'Callaghan 35, Kevin Sheedy 74, Liam Brady 76, 88, Gerry Daly 86

17/12/1983: Rotterdam: Netherlands 5-0 Malta

21/12/1983: Seville: Spain 12-1 Malta



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